I just received an email from Planned Parenthood, but you can read essentially the same news on Jonathan Turley’s site: the Susan G. Komen foundation, a group that heretofore has been generous in its efforts to promote breast cancer screening including among women who cannot afford it, has succumbed to right-wing pressure and cut off its contributions to Planned Parenthood, which does more breast cancer screenings for women without means than any other organization in America.
Women, I regret to inform you that your boobies have just been politicized.
Fight back. If you have given to Komen in the past, please give to Planned Parenthood in the future. (That reminds me; I need to renew my membership.)
UPDATE: this is no small part of Planned Parenthood’s breast-cancer-related services being cut: according to an email from MoveOn, Planned Parenthood performs 830,000 breast exams a year… of which 170,000 were funded by Komen. Those 170,000 women don’t matter to the zealots who pressured Komen into doing this, but you have to ask yourself: how many of those women will DIE as a result of undiagnosed breast cancer? To my mind, for every one of them who dies who could have been saved by earlier examination… her death is the Komen foundation’s fault. I would find that a heavy burden to bear; I wonder if they do.